Appalachian Writing Project’s annual Invitational Summer Institute set for May


Educators will learn fresh ideas for their own writing and for teaching writing at every level from kindergarten to college during the Appalachian Writing Project’s annual Invitational Summer Institute, sponsored by The University of Virginia’s College at Wise in partnership with the region’s public schools.

Southwest Virginia teachers or administrators with current licenses are eligible to apply for the program. Upon receiving a candidate’s application, an interview either by phone or in person will be held within two weeks. Candidates will be notified within three weeks of the interview if accepted into the AWP.

The summer institute begins with the kickoff event held from May 31 to June 1. Following the May kickoff, the summer institute will start on July 10 and finish on July 22 and will be held Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. After the summer institute, there will be a writer’s retreat held from July 23 to July 25 at the Breaks Interstate Park. Attendance at the May kickoff and writer’s retreat is mandatory.

Participants of the AWP summer workshop will have the opportunity to engage in creative and professional writing, collaborate with other like-minded teachers in the area and later work as consultants within AWP. Benefits for the participants include valuable resource materials and a choice of either undergraduate credit or a stipend.

To apply, visit . Applications are being accepted until the end of April. For more information, please contact Hope Cloud at  or at 276-395-3389.